Best Unconventional Brunch

Wat Mongkolratanaram

A combo of awesome food and prime people-watching, Sunday brunch at the Thai Temple is a quintessential Berkeley experience. Benefiting the thirty-year-old Buddhist temple whose backyard hosts it, the weekly event draws a true cross-section of Berkeley residents — starving university students, Telegraph punks, and ex-hippie soccer moms — for good, authentic, and hearty Thai food. The soups and curries come in both meat and veggie versions, and $10 will get you a good-size plate of food, dessert, and Thai iced tea. Get there when it first opens at 10 a.m. to beat the lines and find a spot among the inevitably crowded communal picnic benches among the gardens.

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